Examples of Arab disregard for historic Jewish sites and artifacts could easily fill a book, and it wouldn't be a problem to fill an additional volume with examples of Arab denials of the historic Jewish connection to
In an apparent attempt to bolster these claims, Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab recently shared his memories of "Growing Up in Bethlehem With the Dead Sea Scrolls Story" with readers of The Huffington Post.
Kuttab professes to be particularly upset by Israeli claims that "the scrolls have no connection to
So much for the deeply-felt Arab attachment to this unique historic treasure.
However, Kuttab's childhood story seems only partly correct, because of the seven scrolls discovered initially, three were purchased right away on behalf of the
Kuttab claims for some reason that the scrolls were sold to the
The museum had opened its doors to the public in January 1938; ten years later, the area was conquered by Jordanian forces, and in 1966, the museum was nationalized by King Hussein of
It is certainly rather interesting to note in this context that Kuttab expresses outrage about the notion that "
The holy land is sacred to the three monotheistic religions. Claims of religious exclusivity and the use of this arrogance to justify the theft of land and the occupation of people have brought disastrous results. The sooner that we honour and recognise each other and our faith, the sooner we will be able to understand the soothing words of angels calling for Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all mankind."
Unsurprisingly, Kuttab doesn't get around to acknowledging that the
It seems rather depressing that this is what a widely respected journalist has to offer when he writes about "goodwill." Indeed, Kuttab's idea of "goodwill" apparently always means that Jews should be required to renounce any of their historic attachments: another of his recent articles describes
It was because of
But apparently, Kuttab feels that Muslim rioting and violence are justified if a Jewish Israeli politician dares to visit the
One can only conclude that peace is a long way off when even a widely respected Arab journalist so adamantly denies the importance of the Temple Mount for Jews and believes at the same time that his childhood story of an Arab cobbler-turned-antique-dealer is all it takes to deny Jewish claims to scrolls written almost exclusively in Hebrew well before Christianity or Islam were established.
Copyright - Original materials copyright (c) by the authors.